We have had a number of clients contact us in the last couple of weeks regarding scam emails purportedly sent to them by the IRD.  As it is the end of year filing date for those people without a tax agent it is likely that the scammers will be ramping up their attempts to obtain your information. 

Please remember, IRD will never email you directly requesting information.  They will now send emails letting you know that you have correspondence in your MyIR online site to read but the email to you will not detail what it is about. 

Things to watch out for in scam emails:

  • The email address looks wrong.  Any emails from the IRD should be coming from @ird.govt.nz.  Often scammers will use a @ird.gov.nz or @ird.co.nz. 
  • The refund figures will be quoted in NZD.  As the IRD is a New Zealand based organisation, they do not need to quote the currency. 
  • The email will mention the Fiscal Year.  We do not use this term in New Zealand.
  • They will ask for your debit or credit card when issuing a refund or that you should use your debit or credit card for making payment. 

What to do if you receive a scam email:

  • Do not click on any links
  • Do not reply to the email
  • Delete the email
  • To report it to the IRD:

o   Create a new email.

o   Insert the suspicious email as an attachment (either drag and drop, or attach item in Outlook)

o   Send the new email to phishing@ird.govt.nz

o   Alternatively, you can print the email and send it to:
IT Security Team
Inland Revenue
PO Box 2198
Wellington 6140

Below is an example of a scam email one of our clients recently received (with their contact details removed).  As you can see, they can look very authentic.  If you are not sure if the email is genuine or not feel free to get in touch with us and we can check it for you.